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Brian McLaughlin

Brian McLaughlin

Dear Family & Friends,

For the 21st year, I am once again participating in the 2019 Anchor House Ride For Runaways, an annual 7 day, 500 mile charity bicycle ride that exists to support Anchor House.

First, some background. In 1979, a group of concerned citizens founded Anchor House, a shelter for runaway and/or abused teenagers. The Anchor House founders used the analogy of a ship dropping its anchor in a safe harbor in order to visualize the mission of the agency. They reasoned that a ship’s anchor is supported by links of its chain, which in turn keep it attached to the ship. The founders understood that life's circumstances can cause the links of a family's chain to break down. With that in mind, they created Anchor House as a stabilizing place for runaway, homeless, and abused youth. It provides the “safe harbor” to rest and wait through the storm of crisis, then supplies a path to move forward when the crisis is calmed. Today, Anchor House has grown into "The Houses Where Healing Begins" with programs that meet the needs of babies, teens and young adults. Visit the Anchor House site here to learn more about the mission of Anchor House and the full scope of services it offers to children in crisis.

That same year a small group of young bicyclists created "The Ride for Runaways" with a goal of raising funds to keep the doors of Anchor House open. The first riders rode from Florida to Trenton to earn the pledges promised by their sponsors. Every year since, the number of participants has grown as have the total monies raised (we raised over $530,000 on the 2018 Ride) which allows Anchor House to increase its services and number of children served each year.

Today, The Ride for Runaways continues as an annual event with nearly 200 bicyclists and over 30 support volunteers participating. Our riders represent all walks of life and all ability levels.

I would love to count you among the list of my donors for this year. Thank you in advance for your support. I truly appreciate your generosity. Together we can make a difference in the lives of kids in crisis.

Best, Brian


raised of $750 goal

Recent Donations

1. JHJoseph F Hobbs
Have Great Ride!
2. DSDebra Strous
3. BMBridget McLaughlin
Hi Brian, Burke and I are happy to support your continuing dedication to the Anchor House kids! Have a great time and enjoy the ride!
4. AHAnn Marie And Craig Herud
5. JKJim & Anna Kleiner
Good Luck Brian. You’re doing a wonderful service for these kids
6. DMDeeDee Martin
Brian, I so admire that you do this ride, Congrats on #21! Hope the weather is perfect for you. Love, DeeDee